On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1912

Historical Events

  • 1st running of San Francisco's famed "Bay to Breakers" footrace (7.63 miles/12.3 km); first winner Robert Vlught 44:10

Historic Event

Sun Yat-sen forms the Republic of China

Famous Birthdays

  • Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (d. 1995)

Kim Philby

Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", born in Ambala, Punjab, India (d. 1988)

  • Victor Reuther, American labor leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia
1912 Highlights

About January 1, 1912

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 109 years, 10 months and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn